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Water Damage After a Fire in your Property.
Water Damage from Fire
Fire Damage to a property may be a devastating event but sometimes it may not only be flames, smoke or odor damage that may happen to your property but also water damage due to the Fire Department trying to put out the fire or the sprinkler system.
The problem with water damage after a fire is that it sneaks into crevices and cracks and into other places that cannot be visible seen. Which is why sometimes we must use our infrared camera to see where else the water may have gone to. If water is not found properly it can cause to grow mold which would be an additional damage to your property. Which it is important to address the situation right away and understand the necessary action to take.
So, give SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles a call to help you with the damages done to your property. We are available 24/7 to help you out.
Mold after a Water Damage
Mold growth after a large water damage
Water Damage Company, SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles Releases ‘Mold Management Guidelines’
Mold spores are everywhere and the best way to prevent them growing into mold is to manage the environments that feed the spores. The SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles water damage experts have prepared a report to help prevent and manage mold growth.
Mold and mold spores are part of nature and have role in the environment. Mold helps break down decaying vegetation and wood and enrich natural soils. Mold, however, does not have much control over its appetite and eats anything organic, including fabric, upholstery, flooring, walls and supporting structures. Mold even attacks masonry.
Even though mold is part of nature, its presence can pose a health hazard in some circumstances. People with respiratory issues such as asthma can have adverse reactions to mold. The dreaded black mold is known to cause severe reactions even in healthy people.
The best way to manage mold is to prevent it. When mold does appear in small amounts, such as on kitchen tile or in the shower, it is usually cleaned up with household cleaners that are specifically formulated for mold. Experts in repairing mold damage, such as SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles may have better recommendations.
Regular inspections are one way to help prevent mold and to also find mold before it becomes a problem.
Areas to inspect include:
- Showers and around bathtubs
- Laundry areas
- Any place that creates damp or steamy environments such as a hot tub
- Furniture against walls, especially in damper climates can hide mold
- Check for leaky pipes and faucets, inside and outside
- Check for roof damage that can leak
- Make sure landscape watering does not pool around building foundations
- Keep debris, grass cuttings, fallen leaves and landscaping that requires heavy watering away from building foundations
Making repairs as soon as possible can prevent serious water and mold damage. Cleaning up small amounts of mold yourself, using the appropriate solution, can also help prevent mold from spreading. Mold that grows on walls, around baseboards, or under cabinets is a sign of a deeper problem that needs the attention of experts.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles will inspect for water damage and the associated mold damage. The team uses state-of-the-art drying equipment to dry up the water damage and remediate mold damage. The sooner water and mold damage are addressed the better your chances of avoiding expensive repairs. Members of the SERVPRO team are highly trained in water and mold damage restoration, holding certifications that include:
- Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
Locally-owned SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles responds quickly and effectively to help remediate water and mold damage, help you process insurance claims, and restore your property.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles
7343 El Camino Real Suite 199
Atascadero, CA 93422
Water Damage Can Cause Mold If Not Taken Care Of Properly.
Mold after a Water Damage
Homeowners should check areas in their home that have suffered water damage thoroughly for mold. This could be an area of your ceiling from an old roof leak, or under your kitchen sink after a plumbing leak.
Mold can grow on a moist area in as little as 48 hours. So, if there are areas of your home that have seen some water damage, give them a good look for signs of mold.
Keep in mind that water damage can appear in several ways. It can show as discoloration. It can also cause wallpaper to peel or paint to bubble. It may even cause warping in your walls, ceiling or floors.
If your home was flooded and left wet or damp for more than 24-48 hours, there is a good chance some mold has taken hold on the affected areas.
Excessive humidity in your home can lead to condensation. Condensation can collect on walls, windows, and floors and create mold in your home. If you see areas of condensation in your home, dry them right away to prevent mold growth.
Steps can be taken to decrease condensation in your home including:
- Keeping all interior doors open so air can circulate freely through your home
- Installing a dehumidifier that will work with your air conditioning system to take moisture out of the air. A dehumidifier system can also keep your cooling costs down since drier air is easier for your system to cool.
The key to making your home mold resistant is to keep the moisture in your home under control.
If you believe mold may be in your property due to a water damage don't hesitate to give SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles a call.
Water Damage From a Pipe Leak
Pipe leaks are a common thing to happen in any home. They can cause a lot of damage if not taken care of quickly. Luckily, most of these types of leaks can be found quickly.
Water damage from this type of leak within the walls ranges from small, localized stains and soft spots to large areas of soft wood and problems with flooring, tile, and caulking around the leaking pipe. Water damage of this type can be found around toilets, tubs, and sinks, and is caused by the water pipes or the drainage pipes.
Signs to look for in Pipe Leaks:
Depending on where the pipe leak is coming from, there can be a few different signs of water damage that can indicate where the leak is and how severe it is. The wood in the cabinet under the bathroom or kitchen sink is a usual place to find some water damage if there is a leak in the drainage pipe. If there is any softness, there is a leaky pipe under your sink.
The drain in your tub is a bit of a different story since the drainpipe is not easily exposed. A good place to start is the other side of the wall that the tub is on. This wall and the floor around it may seem soft and damp after a shower. This usually means that the water is draining improperly and seeping into the wood, drywall, and flooring around the tub.
Does it take long for water damage to start appearing?
Water damage from burst pipes can be spotted almost instantly in most cases. In the instance of a sink drain leaking, you will see the wood softening and discoloring in the cabinet under the bathroom or kitchen countertop after a few hours of dripping. The signs show right away, but unless you look for them regularly, you may not catch it until later.
You will be able to find a tub drain leak right away in some cases. However, in most cases, it could take months to a year to notice any water damage. The wood and insulation in the wall will soak up most of the water and soften for a while before the drywall and paint begin to show signs of water damage.
What to do to fix a pipe leak
Pipe leaks from under the sink are easy to repair. This repair usually just entails replacing the pipe under the sink. In some fringe cases, the pipe is fine, and the rubber seals are the only thing that needs to be replaced.
Pipe leaks from the tub drain are much more complicated to repair. Most of the time, they require a professional team to take care of the repair. With all the different types of materials involved, the skill needed to do the repair goes up significantly.
Tips to protect your hardwood floor from water
Wet wood floor
The biggest enemy for hardwood floors is water. After a flood, your best chance of recovering your hardwood floor is to contact a professional restoration company immediately. However, failing to protect your floor from moisture or spills daily, can also cause irremediable damage. Here is what you can do to keep your hardwood floor dry and undamaged:
- Control the humidity in your home. Be aware that during the summer, air tends to be moister and during the winter, the air is dryer than usual. Both moist and dry air can affect wood, so adjust your humidifier accordingly.
- The sealant on your hardwood floor must be periodically resealed. Wax sealants should be refinished annually. Polyurethane sealants (oil or water based) last longer and only require maintenance every few years.
- Cleaning hardwood floors use a quality product intended specifically for hardwood floors. Make sure you do not leave pools or puddles of liquid, no matter how small, on your floor. Do not soak the mop head or the cloth you are using; instead, only dampen them a little.
For professional fire, water, and mold restoration services, contact your local SERVPRO of Atascadero & Paso Robles office.
Tips to reduce water damage!
Whether it was lack of attention or a freak accident, all homeowners at one point or another experience some type of water issue in their homes. And in many cases, the problems present themselves in subtle ways. Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) has outlined the potential indicators of a problem and tips on how homeowners can solve them.
- PLUMBING SUPPLY SYSTEM FAILURE
- Some indicators of a plumbing problem include an increased monthly water bill, banging pipes, rust stains, and moisture in the walls or on floors, and signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation.
- Setting the thermostat 60 degrees or higher in winter months, letting faucets drip and insulating pipes are all ways to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
- Consider installing water alarms or a whole-house automatic water shutoff system
- TOILET FAILURE
- After you flush, wait for the valve to finish refilling the tank and bowl. If an overflow looks imminent, turn off the supply valve.
- Twice a year, inspect a toilet’s components, such as the fill, supply and flush valves and the supply line.
- Consider upgrading the toilet’s supply line to a sturdier braided steel hose.
- WATER HEATER FAILURE
- Check the life expectancy and warranty for the water heater and replace accordingly.
- Proper maintenance, such as flushing sediments and inspecting the heater’s anode rod, can increase life expectancy.
- Inspect valves to ensure proper operations and use ball valves in place of gate valves whenever possible.
- DRAIN SYSTEM FAILURE
- If the home’s sewer system is connected to the city’s sewer system – a particular problem for older homes – or if you are located downhill or below street level, contact a plumbing professional to install a backflow prevention assembly into the home’s sewer system.
- Plant trees away from lateral drain lines to prevent roots from damaging piping.
- Never pour grease down the drain.
- WASHING MACHINE FAILURE
- One burst inlet hose, and your laundry room is flooded in a matter of minutes. Replace rubber hoses every three years and consider upgrading to sturdier braided steel hoses.
- When leaving the house for an extended period, turn off the hot and cold-water supply valve to reduce failure risks.
Importance to understand homeowner's insurance
Usually, a policy will cover the actual dwelling and some of the other structures on the property, such as a fence, garage, patio or driveway. Personal property is usually covered as well. This includes the contents inside the home, although you may need to pay a bit more in premiums for high-value items like jewelry or paintings. You’ll want to make sure this is covered in your policy.
Homeowners insurance policies usually include coverage for injuries sustained on your property where you are liable. So, if someone slips on your driveway or falls while doing repairs to the roof, you’re covered. However, this coverage is usually limited to a certain dollar value, so you need to know how much coverage you have and exactly what’s included.
Natural disasters are the one area that can cause some problems, as not everything is covered and you often have to buy separate flood, hurricane or earthquake insurance—especially if you are in an area that is highly susceptible to these disasters. You also may be able to lower premiums by better protecting yourself against damage, such as adding storm shutters, reinforcing your roof or buying stronger roofing materials.
How do you know if your bathroom was damaged by water?
Consider some of these tips for possible areas of water damage in your bathroom and act quickly if you find them:
If you know your home was built with a wooden floor system, the sub floor is most likely made of plywood. If the plywood is subjected to moisture, the subfloor will rot, and the floor will begin to feel soft or spongy in places. Your toilet may also feel unstable when you sit down. This could lead to your entire floor collapsing if left unattended.
Trust Your Nose
If you still smell something musty or damp after a thorough cleaning, it is probably due to moisture damage lurking behind the walls. Although many older homes have this smell, rooms with actual damage have a more prominent smell. Sometimes you might not be able to see it but be sure to trust your nose and call to find the affected area.
This is another clear sign that may point to an extensive problem. When drywall absorbs water, it begins to swell and becomes soft. Over time, the damaged area starts to crumble, especially around the baseboards. If you run your hand across the wall and it feels uneven or looks crooked when you look at it.
Mold is built from the inside out so that by the time you can see it, no matter how much you scrub, the problem will not go away. You will need the help of our specialists to return your home to a safe place for the whole family.
Inspect and Repair your Bathroom Water Damage to prevent dangerous mold from forming and causing deterioration in your bathroom to occur, call SERVPRO of Atascadero experts to inspect and repair your bathroom water damage.
What to do when you have water damage in your property
To determine whether you can clean the area up on your own or if you need to call in an expert, you’re going to have to evaluate your situation and consider a few different factors.
A minor to moderate amount of water in your home should be manageable on your own, if you have the proper tools to deal with it. However, if the flooding is significant or is continuing to rise despite efforts to curb it, do not try to handle it on your own.
We don't suggest for you to consider in repairing a water damage especially if its a big repair. Leave this one to the professionals and follow instructions from local disaster relief authorities.
Before you decide to clean up water damage on your own, you first need to figure out where the water is coming from.
There are three different types of water that can cause a problem in your home. The type of water will guide you on whether you can do the cleanup yourself or if you need to bring in a professional.
The first type is clean water. Clean water might come from rain or leaky pipes and doesn’t have harmful bacteria growing in it.
The second type is called gray water. This is water that comes from sources like your dishwasher or washing machine and may be slightly contaminated. This type of water can also be safe to clean up yourself, if you take proper precautions and use appropriate safety gear.
The last type is black water. Black water can come from sewers or flooding from a nearby body of water. Do not try to clean up this type of water on your own, as it can harbor all kinds of highly infectious organisms and other health hazards.
If you’re unsure about the type of water you’re dealing with, play it safe and call in a professional.
No matter how much we want to fix and repair a water damage thinking that we know what we are doing is going to fix it. It might end up making the situation even worse. Hiring a professional may be a better way to go since they know how to handle water damages no matter how big or small the damage may be. Here at SERVPRO in Atascadero we have technicians on hand to go handle any kind of water damage no matter what time of day it is.
Now Is The Time To Check For Water Damage Reports SERVPRO, The Atascadero Water Damage Company
A picture showing dripping water causing water damage that Atascadero SERVPRO can repair.
Even though the weather is great and the sun is shining, rain just around the corner. “Now is the time to check for water damage,” said Atascadero water damage company owner, Joseph Powers of SERVPRO.
Not all water damage is as obvious as flooded crawl spaces or pools of water collecting against building foundations. Storms can cause structural damage that result in everything from small leaks to flooding. While both types of damage need attention, it is often the small, undetected leaks that cause the most damage in the long run.
High winds and heavy storm rain can loosen portions of a roof and building siding allowing water to seep in. Over time, especially during repeated storms, the water soaks into the framing, foundation, adjoining walls and flooring leading to severe damage and mold. After the storms have passed for the season, the regional temperature changes from triple-digit summer days that drop to mid 50s at night contribute to cracking and weathering wood, especially after a winter of heavy rain.
“When you are repairing storm damage to your home or business, don’t forget to check for loose shingles or damaged tiles on the roof,” said Powers. “Check for loose siding, look under the building and overhead crawl spaces and check for signs of leaks.”
Hazardous conditions can continue long after a storm has passed. Rivers, lakes and ponds can continue to flood as storm water flows downstream and mudslides are always a possibility as long as the ground is wet and surface water continues to soak into the ground. Trees can continue to fall or break after storms.
There are four stages to reducing the chances of storm damage:
- Prepare for storms by inspecting and repairing before storm season arrives.
- Prepare in advance of an incoming storm by placing sandbags or other barriers to divert water and mud, using tarps and boards over areas that could be damaged or have been damaged but not repaired between storms, and trim tree branches that might fall.
- Inspecting for damage after a storm.
- Repairing, storm damage as soon as possible.
Additional safety measures include:
- Reporting damage to public streets and roads, power lines, sewer and public water lines, downed and damaged trees, and flooding in public areas to the appropriate agency as soon as it observed.
- Stay tuned to the National Weather Service (NWS) for regional storm, flood and high surf warnings.
- Check with local emergency services, public works, and farm bureaus for storm safety advisories and items like sandbags and potential road cautions or closures.
- Prepare an emergency kit that includes first aid supplies, up to five days of food and water for each person and pet, medications, personal hygiene items, blankets, batteries and flashlights, an extra cell phone charger, and important contact information.
- Have a home and business emergency evacuation plan that includes family pets and know where the nearest shelters are located.
SERVPRO provides a free Ready Plan mobile app that can help people create an Emergency Ready Profile for home or business. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance of an emergency and the Ready Plan helps families and employers prepare for emergencies.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including the 2018 California wildfires.
Locally, on California’s Central Coast, SERVPRO of Atascadero is prepared to assist residents and businesses prevent and recover from water damage, fire damage, and other structural damage.
SERVPRO of Atascadero
Atascadero CA 93422
SERVPRO of Atascadero water and mold damage restoration specialists release report: " How to prevent mold growth."
Not the fungi you want to meet
Atascadero, Ca. — SERVPRO of Atascadero water damage and mold specialists have released a report on six steps to help prevent the growth of mold after water damage has occurred.
14,000 people daily are affected by water damage. It is important to know how to eliminate conditions in which mold may grow and infest the home to help prevent the growth of poisonous and toxic molds.
All homeowners who have recently experienced water damage should be concerned about mold, as it can grow rapidly. Worse yet, it doesn’t take much water for it grow and it can be much deadlier than expected. The sooner an infestation is taken care of, the better.
Here are six tips to help reduce the likelihood of mold growth:
Remove the water as quickly as possible
Use a wet or dry vacuum to soak up as much water as possible. This limits the possibility for the mold to grow.
Use fans to dry the floors and carpets faster
It may take several days for fans to completely dry water damage. Leave them on constantly for at least a few weeks to help circulate cool and fresh air as well as speed up the drying process.
Dehumidify the affected room
Mold grows in moist, warm and dark areas. Dehumidifying the room helps cool the air and limit mold and mildew growth. Any equipment used to dry the air and ground will be useful in mold prevention.
Steam-clean the carpet
Steam-clean any and all carpets to properly sanitize and wipe out any mold spores that may have started growing. Any water-damaged carpet padding may need to be replaced, but is still much less expensive than having to entirely re-carpet the house.
Sanitize walls and baseboards
Anything that has been touched by water should immediately be sanitized. Clean any hardwood floors, walls, or other surfaces with soap, water, chlorine, and bleach to minimize mold growth.
Lastly, check affected furniture for any signs of mold growth that may have begun
Check all furniture for water damage, and remove the furniture from wet flooring. Water damage may hide itself under carpets or rugs, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the home.
Even following the above steps, it is likely that a mold infestation may still be present in the home. If any visible signs of mold are noticed, then an infestation/colonization has occurred. For any extensive mold damage situations, it is best to call in the professionals, such as Atascadero water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO Atascadero.
Water damage and mold remediation solutions
SERVPRO is the leading company in Atascadero Water Damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. They are constantly investing in the latest training for mold remediation so that they can meet your customer service needs to quickly and professionally make it “Like it never even happened.” When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO for a helping hand you can rely on at (805) 239-0466.
Atascadero Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases a Report on the Most Common Signs of Water Damage in a Home
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A report on the most common signs of water damage has just been released by Atascadero water damage company, SERVPRO.
This report is valuable to property owners and residents who might be suspecting water damage in Atascadero, or any other location. Knowing the signs to watch for and taking care of any damage right away is much less costly than ignoring the signs. Early detection of water damage in Atascadero buildings is much less expensive to repair when the damage is noticed than to wait.
Check out the full report below.
The Most Common Signs of Water Damage in a Home
Water damage can be a huge issue in a person’s home and can often cost thousands and thousands of dollars. While sometimes water damage is obvious (such as a leaky faucet, huge wet spot or burst pipe), more often than not, it is quite difficult to locate. With that in mind, here are some common signs of water damage in a home to keep an eye out for.
An Unpleasant Odor
There are many different potential causes of a bad smell in a home or apartment, but one that most people don’t think of is water damage. However, when residual water stagnates and is hidden over time, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria like mold. This will quickly begin to smell and has been described as very “earthy”.
In addition to just smelling mold and other bacteria growing, people can sometimes see it with their own two eyes. Mold spores in the air find their way into hidden cracks in the structure of the home, and if water is also present there, mold can begin to materialize. It will often be fuzzy and discoloured, and should look very out of place. However, mold can be tough to see sometimes as it doesn’t always appear in giant patches, and even just a small bit of mold can signify some water damage.
Changes in Walls, Floors or Ceilings
If people want to check for water damage, the structural aspects of the home are the first places to look. Walls, ceilings and floors are places that can give owners huge hints as to whether they have water damage. Look for stains, sagging and drooping, among other abnormalities.
Suffering from water damage? If so, reach out to Atascadero water damage company SERVPRO for help. They have been in the business for around 50 years and pride themselves on their work ethic, fair prices, and customer service.
SERVPRO of Atascadero
P.O. Box 1794
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
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Why choose SERVPRO Atascadero water damage restoration specialists?
SERVPRO Atascadero water damage, fire damage and disaster restoration specialists are the best choice when dealing with any type or size of disaster. From small leaks to major damage, their franchise professionals have the edge over the competition because of their quick response time, professionalism, and extensive knowledge of the trade. They possess the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. Their goal is to make it, “like it never happened.”
SERVPRO is faster when dealing with disaster than other restoration services. Especially when dealing with water damage and flooding, timing is critical. Within minutes water can spread throughout the property, and quickly absorbs into walls, carpet, floors and your belongings.
Within 24 hours, surfaces will begin to tarnish and furniture can begin to bend, swell and crack, and mold spores begin to settle. After a week, mold and property damage will worsen, even to the point of total contamination. SERVPRO is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Their quick response time will help to minimize any damage and help save money on restoration costs.
SERVPRO is a franchised company, which means their franchise professionals go though an extensive, company-wide training process that guarantees that they are at the top of their field. All of the SERVPRO Atascadero professionals are versed in the standards set by
• Advanced equipment and techniques
SERVPRO Atascadero water damage professionals have the expertise and the top of the line equipment to deal with your restoration needs. Because each restoration project requires different solutions, SERVPRO Atascadero carries a wide variety of professional equipment. They will take you through the process of: Initial contact, damage assessment, water removal/extraction, dehumidification, sanitizing/cleaning and into restoration.
SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners to Avoid Paso Robles Water Damage
Professional water damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline the four most common causes of water damage and how to avoid or prevent water damage to one’s home.
Paso Robles, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing the four most common causes of Paso Robles water damage and how to avoid this type of scenario. Homeowners can avoid excessive water damage by following prevention tips listed in the report.
To view the report, click here (link), or see below:
4 Most Common Causes of Water Damage in the Home
Water damage can have a serious effect on a house, including rendering it a total loss in extreme cases. Below are the four most common causes of water damage and tips for avoiding damage to one’s home.
Bursting or Leaking Pipes
This is one of the most common causes of home flooding and can lead to excessive water damage. Drains which become backed up with debris can block and cause pressure in the pipe, leading to a burst or leak. Incorrectly operating garbage disposals are another culprit of bursting pipes. Additionally, roots growing in the yard can move into sewer lines causing issues with piping and plumbing.
Tip: Ensure regular maintenance of garbage disposal units and avoid putting excessive amounts of food or waste down the drain.
Issues with plumbing
Hoses and pipe joints which aren’t fully attached to plumbing fixtures can cause flooding in the home. Flooding can happen rapidly in a situation like this, leading to water damage and potential mold in the affected area.
Tip: Periodically check under bathroom and kitchen sinks for worn out hoses and pipe joints.
Areas prone to collecting water, such as crawl spaces, attics and basements can be more susceptible to water damage if water has been introduced and never removed. Moisture can leak through concrete foundation causing water and mold damage to lower levels of the home. Air leakage into the section between the home and the attic can cause moisture on the underside of the roof and lead to rotting and mold.
Tip: Periodically check for air leaks or moisture build-up in mold-prone areas, including the basement and attic.
Malfunctioning Household Appliances
When appliances age, their pipes and hoses deteriorate causing cracks and rust to form leaving them weak and susceptible to bursting. Household appliances which can cause the most water damage include washing machines, water heaters, refrigerators and dishwashers.
Tip: Ensure regular maintenance of household appliances and replace any old or worn out hosing and tubing.
Following these suggestions can save homeowners time, money and stress. The professionals at SERVPRO regularly repair and restore Paso Robles water damage and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.
SERVPRO in Paso Robles
1702 Westfield Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446
Atascadero SERVPRO Water Damage And Fire Damage Restoration Specialists Release Report On Reducing Fire Risk
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SERVPRO Atascadero water damage and fire damage restoration specialists have released a report this week on how to reduce the risk of fire as summer approaches.
As temperatures rise, especially in dry, warm climates such as Atascadero, fire risk increases as well. Entire communities need to work together, especially those in fire-dependent ecosystems, creating fire-wise solutions that will help to prevent fires from happening, and to ensure that when they do, that fire fighters can effectively extinguish them.
“For those of us that live in fire-dependent habitats such as Atascadero, it’s not if a fire will occur, it’s when,” said Atascadero SERVPRO owner Joe Powers.
Follow these tips to help reduce the risk of fire, and when fire does occur, that it is possible for firefighters effectively combat them.
Check smoke detectors
Working smoke detectors can save lives. What may start as a small kitchen fire can quickly spread. Make sure to keep smoke detectors fully charged and operational.
Have an EDITH
EDITH stands for: Exit drills in the home. Cal Fire suggests sketching a floor plan of the home, and then creating an escape plan with arrows that map out the primary and secondary escape routes. Then, have a drill and test out the routes.
Create a firebreak around your home
A firebreak is a gap in vegetation that will stop or slow the spread of a wildfire. Having flammable vegetation directly surrounding a home will make it extremely difficult for fire fighters to save it.
The Atascadero Fire Chief Kurt Stone released the following standards for clearance requirements of vegetative growth:
- a) Maximum height of 4 inches
b) Located within 100 feet of any building or structure, or to the property line, whichever is nearer
c) Located within 50 feet from the edge of any improved roadway
d) Located within 50 feet from each property line
e) Located within 10 feet on each side of driveways
Replacing plants that are prone to fire with plants that are more fire resistant can dramatically reduce the risk of fire around a home. Some fantastic fire resistant plant options include: all species of iceplant, wild strawberry, carnations, and all succulents. In general, look for moist, supple leaves, and plants with little sap production. Keep in mind that fire resistant plants can still ignite, but they can reduce the risk of fire and make it easier for firefighters to access the home during the event of a fire.
About SERVPRO Atascadero water and fire damage restoration specialists
SERVPRO Atascadero is the leader in disaster, fire, and water damage restoration. They are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Their goal is to make it, “like it never happened.” Call today at (805) 466-6618.
SERVPRO Atascadero water damage specialists release report on the dangers of black mold
ATASCADERO, Ca. — Black mold is a common household danger that many will at some point encounter, but there are many common misconceptions held about black mold and its toxicity. Today, Atascadero water damage restoration and mold restoration specialists SERVPRO released a report further examining the dangers if this common household problem.
What is black mold?
Stachybotyrs chartarum, more commonly known as black mold, is a toxic fungus that can cause several types of problems when the spores are inhaled. Neurological, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, and many other problems are not uncommon symptoms.
Neurological symptoms of black mold inhalation
Black mold can kill neurons in the brain and impair a person’s mental ability, causing a variety of mental and neurological problems, including:
- Brain fog
- Memory loss
Less severe symptoms consist of anxiety, dizziness, shaking, shortened attention span, and delayed reflexes.
Respiratory symptoms of black mold inhalation
Since black mold is a fungus, it is the toxic spores and mycotoxins that do a majority of the damage to the body, generally when they are inhaled. As a result, black mold takes a heavy toll on the respiratory system. Pulmonary hemorrhaging (bleeding of the lungs), bleeding gums, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, swollen lungs, and nosebleeds are all notable symptoms of trichothecene mycotoxins that are lodged in the mucus membranes.
Circulatory symptoms of black mold inhalation
Black mold can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed into the skin or eyes and can eventually enter the blood stream leading to problems with blood clotting, heart damage, hemorrhaging, vomiting blood, and heart inflammation amongst other problems.
What can you do in the event of black mold exposure?
The first step would be to identify symptoms of mold poisoning, as listed above. Anyone who is experiencing mold poisoning should see a physician to inspect for allergic reactions or a lung infection. The black mold must be removed from your home to make a full recovery.
SERVPRO is your local disaster, fire, water, and mold damage specialists. They are Atascadero’s water damage restoration leaders, and are readily available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help any customers in need. SERVPRO Atascadero strives to make your problem, “like it never happened.” Call them today at (805) 466-6618.
SERVPRO of Atascadero
Atascadero, CA 93422
Paso Robles water damage restoration specialists release report on mold and asthma
After serving Paso Robles water damage clients, SERVPRO, water damage restoration specialists released a report regarding the link between mold and asthma. Mold can worsen the symptoms of asthma sufferers, and according to recent medical research, may even cause asthma in otherwise healthy children.
How to I eliminate mold in my home?
Depending on the severity of mold in your home, it can be quite the undertaking to remove mold from your home, often the best choice is to call a water damage restoration specialist like SERVPRO. SERVPRO’s professional team will use top of the line equipment and their specialized expertise to bring back your home to a healthy, mold-free state. Once your home is returned to this state, it is important to practice mold-preventing habits.
Mold and mildew build up especially in places like bathrooms, laundry areas and basements. Here are some mold preventing tips that will help keep your home safe and clean:
- Repair any plumbing leaks.
- Put an exhaust fanin the bathroom.
- Clean garbage cans weekly.
- Remove bathroom carpeting if moisture is a concern.
- Scour sinks and tubs at least once monthly with a diluted bleach solution.
- Clean refrigerator door gaskets and drip pans.
- Use an electric dehumidifier; drain the dehumidifier regularly.
- Raise the temperature in the basementto lower humidity levels.
- Promote ground water drainage away from your house.
SERVPRO is based in Atascadero and has provided services for clients in all of North County including Paso Robles. SERVPRO damage restoration specialists also help to restore structures with damage caused by fire and other disasters. Call today at (805) 541-1271, or visit their website at SERVPROatascadero.com. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
SERVPRO of Atascadero
P.O. Box 1794
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
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Property Restoration Can Be a Messy Business
Property damage caused by water
Local disaster recovery specialist offers insight into the complexities of dealing with disaster and water damage in Atascadero.
When disaster strikes, property owners need to make a lot of decisions quickly and under pressure. Effective disaster remediation involves a lot of moving parts: remediation specialists, insurance companies, local codes, state codes, documentation and more—and all of this has to happen in an atmosphere charged with emotion and stress.
Joseph Powers of SERVPRO of Atascadero Obispo says, “Efficiency is key when you are dealing with disaster remediation; it saves our customers money and it makes our work more effective. SERVPRO is an industry leader in work efficiency technology—continually innovating to help both our customers and our business control costs.”
SERVPRO’s proprietary DryBook™ tool is one example of the company’s focus on efficiency and cost control. Remediation projects must be managed to both industry and insurance company standards, and Joseph says that tools like DryBook™ help SERVPRO Franchise technicians track and document progress on restoration, cleanup and repair services. “The DryBook™ tool helps us deliver on every detail of every water damage job, every time,” says Powers.
To help avoid regulatory headaches and paperwork pitfalls, Powers suggests property owners consider the following criteria when choosing a remediation company to deal with the aftermath of a disaster.
Industry standards: Does your remediation company deliver a product that meets the standards set by
- The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)?
- Most major insurance companies, including cycle times and deadline requirements?
Recordkeeping: Does your remediation company have a system in place to ensure accurate, complete and convenient benchmarking of each step of the remediation process, including
- Capturing and updating data, including job diary notes, electronically and real-time on the jobsite, with simultaneous updates saved at the central office?
- Using e-signatures to help eliminate lost paperwork and the need to scan documents?
- Providing a complete record of the damage and remediation efforts in images, with descriptions, start-to-finish?
Equipment selection: Does your contractor have the ability, on-the-spot, to
- Identify the right equipment for the job, based on the damage description?
- Validate the use of each piece of equipment, automatically, as part of the remediation records?
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Atascadero, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information about SERVPRO, please visit our website.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
Water Damage Atascadero
SERVPRO is ready to serve your water damage Atascadero needs. No job is to big or to small for our fleet of trucks.
SERVPRO of Atascadero has been a brand you can trust and know since 1967. Providing water and fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Atascadero delivers service to Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton, and Asunction. Being available 24/7 for your emergency needs, SERVPRO is ready to restore your property and make it, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Atascadero can help restore damage caused by:
- Water damage
- Fire damage
- Disaster, storm and flood damage
- Mold damage
- Biohazard clean-up
- Rodent infestation clean-ip